Linda Davis To Sing National Anthem at March 9 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
Monday, March 3, 2003
Linda Davis has been to a NASCAR Winston Cup event before to feel the thunder of the engines as they fire and watch in awe as the cars take the green flag at over 190 mph. And that¿s exactly why she¿s so excited to be performing the national anthem for the March 9 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
¿After my experience at Charlotte a few years back when I sang the anthem there, I know what to expect,¿ Davis said. ¿I have been pumped about this event ever since I got the call. There's an intensity in the air at a race - competition, speed, living on the edge. I love the excitement. It's going to be fun.¿
Davis, a self-proclaimed country girl from east Texas, moved to Nashville in 1982 to pursue a life in show business. She landed her first record deal with Capitol Records. Shortly after she received a call from a huge fan, who turned out to be none other than superstar Reba McEntire.
¿The first time I heard Linda sing was in 1989 when I was listening to songs for my next album. I kept hearing this one particular female vocalist on the demos that just blew me away. It had been a long time since a voice had moved me that way and I just had to find out who she was.¿
McEntire loved Davis¿ music so much that she invited her to become a featured entertainer on tour with her. Their mutual respect led them into the studio together, where they recorded a duet entitled ¿Does He Love You,¿ which went on to become a No.1 hit and earn the duo a Grammy award for best country vocal collaboration.
In 1999 she began touring with the legendary Kenny Rogers. Since then they have continued to play to sold out crowds both in the U.S. and abroad.
¿In this business, there are people who can sing and there are singers. Linda Davis is absolutely one of the best singers in the business¿and I defy you to find anyone who¿s ever worked with her or heard her sing to disagree with that statement,¿ Rogers said. ¿She is the best.¿
Davis currently resides in Nashville with husband Lang Scott and daughters Hillary (16) and Rylee (2).
For more information about the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, call the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211.